Get your twinkle on! Tree lighting and festivities

Santa Squantum Tree Lighting 2016Time to pack away the shorts and dig out your scarves and hats, Squantumites…those balmy breezes have finally given way to crisp morning air! And just in time for us to kick off the season. From parachuting Santa and elves, to sing alongs, and two tree lightings…it’s time to get your twinkle on peeps! Here’s a roundup of Quincy and Squantum holiday festivities over Thanksgiving weekend. After you recover from the Turkey Trot and the feast…head out with your friends and fam to celebrate the warmth of the season.

Squantum Tree Lighting
Sunday, November 26, 2017
4:30 pm

Gilbert Memorial Park, at the intersection of Huckins Avenue and East Squantum Street

Join the festivities as we kick off the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting following the Quincy Christmas Parade. Head over to the triangle at Gilbert Memorial Park and join your neighbors for hot cocoa and delicious cookies provided by the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum. Join in on the carol singing as we welcome Santa Claus who will do the honors of lighting up the tree! Hope to see you and the whole family there!

Quincy holiday festivities 

Quincy tree lighting celebration (note new location this year)
Friday, November 24, 5 pm-7 pm
Thomas Crane Public Library lawn, 40 Washington Street, Quincy, MA
Drop off your letters to Santa and enjoy free popcorn, hot chocolate, and candy canes, as well as food trucks food trucks and a gingerbread competition. Enjoy Donna Marie Children’s Puppet Show (5pm), strolling Victorian Christmas Carolers, street performers, and the youthful voices of the Quincy/North Quincy Choir. At approximately at 6:15pm, Mayor Thomas P. Koch will turn on the Christmas lights at the library and throughout Quincy Center to mark the beginning of our holiday season.

City of Quincy Christmas Parade
Sunday, November 26, 12:30 pm-3 pm
Enjoy an old fashioned Christmas parade featuring high school and adult marching bands from around the state, Christmas themed floats, costumed characters, antique vehicles, and Santa in his traditional fire truck ride. The parade route begins at the intersection of Hancock Street and the Walter J. Hannon Parkway, continuing up Hancock Street to North Quincy High School. This is one of the largest parades in the Commonwealth.

Santa and his Elves arrival by parachute – new date
Saturday, December 2 (postponed form November 25) ~ 12:30 pm
Pageant Field,One Merrymount Parkway (up the road from Adams Field), Quincy, MA
Costumed characters from the parade greet children as they await the arrival of Santa Claus and his elves by parachute at Quincy’s unique Christmas tradition. Take a Holiday Wagon Ride with a costumed character.

Please note: In the interest of public safety, all bags and backpacks are subject to public search.

Quincy Holiday Flyer 2017

It’s Turkey Trot time! Support the parade at the Fun Run

Turkey TrotGrab your family and friends and get ready for the big feast with a fun run to support the Squantum July Fourth Parade!

16th Annual Turkey Trot 3 mile Fun Run/Walk
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 23, 2017, 9:00 am
(Register in advance or day of starting at 8:00 am)
Nickerson Post, 20 Moon Island Road, Squantum MA

Entrance fee:
$20 fee includes long sleeved T-shirt (while supplies last) and refreshments.
$10 fee for ages 15 and under
Make checks payable to: Squantum 4th of July
All proceeds benefit the Squantum Fourth of July Parade.
(Note: chip timing not provided at this fun run. Just a fun run with friends and family.)

How to enter:
Mail a filled out entry form and check to:
Judi Smith, 289 Bellevue Road, Squantum, MA 02171
or
Sign up Thanksgiving morning at the Post starting at 8 am.

Questions? Email Judi

Vote Nov 7 for Quincy City Councilors and School Committee

Time to exercise one of our most precious rights as citizens. Here’s a round up of voter information for the November 7 city elections. Time to get out and vote, Squantumites! And for a sweet treat, pick up some baked goods at the polls to support the Squantum School.

City elections
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Polls open: 7 AM – 8 PM
Voting location for Squantum Ward 6 residents:
Squantum Elementary School, 50 Huckins Ave [map] (check your voting location here)

Need a ride to the polls?
Representative Bruce Ayers provides a free service for the elderly, handicapped, and disabled residents of Quincy or Randolph. This service will pick up voters in wheelchair-accessible vans, drive them to their polling location, and drive them home after they have voted. Contact Bruce Ayers to schedule a ride or for more information.

Be prepared: view the ballot and four ballot questions

Voter information
The state Elections Division website provides everything you need to know about voting—including how and where to vote, how to vote early or via absentee ballot, a list of candidates, and a review of the ballot questions. A few highlights from the site:

Learn about the candidates

Ward 6 City Council Candidate

  • William Harris (incumbent) of Ashworth Road
  • H. A. “Alie” Shaughnessy of Essex Street
  • See video statements below

The candidates for At-Large City Council
Six candidates are running for three seats.

School Committee Candidates
Six candidates are competing for three school committee seats.

News round up

In their own words – Ward 6 City Council Candidate

William Harris (Incumbent)

Alie Shaughnessy

In their own words – At-Large Candidates

Noel DiBona (Incumbent)

Margaret Laforest

Nina Liang (Incumbent)

Anne Mahoney

Daniel Raymondi

Stephen Tougas

Opioid Abuse: A Community Conversation Nov 15

Opioid Abuse graphicIn Quincy, like in so many cities and town across our nation, we see and feel the impact of the opioid crisis on a daily basis. Recently we learned that the City of Quincy plans to sue the drug industry for selling drugs knowing the risk of addiction. As noted in a recent Globe article, Quincy became one of the first cities in the country to give the overdose antidote Narcan to its first responders in 2010 and has tripled the size of its drug unit and sponsored a treatment center. Our city of 94,000 has witnessed 163 opioid-related deaths over the past five years. While we read about the crisis in the news every day, we see the impacts across our community, state, and nation. This issue hits us here at home.

On November 15, please join the Squantum Community Association for a conversation about this pervasive public health issue. The SCA has invited a great panel of experts to share their insights into the issues surrounding the origin of the opioid crisis, its impact on the community, and efforts to prevent abuse and to assist those who are addicted. You’ll have a chance to ask questions as we all seek to gain a greater understanding of this issue.

Understanding and Coping with the Issues of Opioid Abuse
A Community Conversation

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm
First Church of Squantum (upper level)
164 Bellevue Rd, Squantum, MA (map)
Refreshments will be served.

Panel

For more information about this event, email the Squantum Community Association.

About the Squantum Community Association
The Squantum Community Association provides programming that fosters conversation and community with a focus on topics of interest to the Squantum and Quincy communities, highlighting local talent and history.

To subscribe to event notifications send us a note.

Recent news

Meet At-Large City Council Candidates Nov 1

Join the Squantum Community Association on November 1 to meet the candidates running for three At-Large seats on the Quincy City Council. Come meet the candidates interested in serving our community. At this informal gathering (not a debate) each candidate will share their thoughts in an opening statement and residents will be invited to pose questions. Residents wishing to send questions for the candidates in advance can email the SCA and we will pose them to the candidates on your behalf.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm
First Church of Squantum (upper level)
164 Bellevue Rd, Squantum, MA (map)
Refreshments will be served.

2017 Elections: key dates

  • October 18, Wednesday, 8 pm: Last day and hour to register to vote in November
  • 7  City Election
  • November 7, Tuesday: City election will include ward council and school committee races, polls open 7am to 8 pm

For more information about this event, email or call Louise Grabowski at 617-851-1673.

The candidates for At-Large City Council
The six candidates running for the three At-Large seats are:

News coverage

About the Squantum Community Association
The Squantum Community Association provides programming that fosters conversation and community with a focus on topics of interest to the Squantum and Quincy communities, highlighting local talent and history.

To subscribe to event notifications send us a note.

In their own words

Noel DiBona (Incumbent)

Margaret Laforest

Nina Liang (Incumbent)

Anne Mahoney

Daniel Raymondi

Stephen Tougas

Meet Ward 6 City Council Candidates August 30

Join the Squantum Community Association on August 30 to meet the candidates running for the Ward 6 seat on the Quincy City Council. Come meet our three neighbors interested in serving our community. At this informal gathering (not a debate) each candidate will share their thoughts in an opening statement and residents will be invited to pose questions. The council seat in Ward 6 serves Squantum, Marina Bay, and parts of North Quincy. Residents wishing to send questions for the candidates in advance can email the SCA and we will pose them to the candidates on your behalf.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm
First Church of Squantum (lower level)
164 Bellevue Rd, Squantum, MA (map)
Refreshments will be served.

2017 Elections: key dates

  • August 23, Wednesday, 8 pm: Last day and hour to register to vote in Preliminary Election
  • September 12, Tuesday: Preliminary Election, polls open 7am to 8 pm
  • October 18, Wednesday, 8 pm: Last day and hour to register to vote in November
    7  City Election
  • November 7, Tuesday: City election will include ward council and school committee races, polls open 7am to 8 pm

For more information about this event, email or call Louise Grabowski at 617-851-1673.

The candidates
All three candidates running for the Ward 6 city council seat are planning to attend:

  • William Harris (incumbent) of Ashworth Road
  • H. A. “Alie” Shaughnessy of Essex Street
  • Steven Striffler of Huckins Avenue

News coverage

About the Squantum Community Association
The Squantum Community Association provides programming that fosters conversation and community with a focus on topics of interest to the Squantum and Quincy communities, highlighting local talent and history.

To subscribe to event notifications send us a note.

Kick off the big weekend at July 1 road race and support the parade

Squantum Road RaceLooks like it’s shaping up to be a fabulous July 4th holiday weekend! Kick it off on Saturday at the annual road race sponsored by Bruce Ayers. Grab your peeps and run around the hood while supporting the July Fourth parade!

Saturday, July 1, 9:30 am
Meet at the Squantum Community Center
50 Huckins Avenue, Squantum, MA

Registration begins at 9:30am
Entry fee to support the parade: $20/adult, kids age 10 and under free
All proceeds benefit the Squantum 4th of July Parade.

Run starts 10am
Trophies and T-shirts provided

Questions?
Contact race sponsor Representative Bruce Ayers 617-472-9877

July 1 Road Race flyer

 

PorchFest brings music and a Beer Garden to Squantum, June 24

Get ready for music and dancing in the streets on
Saturday, June 24! After the great success of last year, PorchFest Quincy is returning to Squantum from 4–8 PM, bringing bands to porches and driveways across our neighborhood. Festivities are rain or shine and extend from 1–8 PM across Quincy.

A new addition this year…you can grab some nosh at food trucks at the Wollaston Elementary Schoolyard, or a cold one at the Beer Garden in Squantum. Locations for these two sites are being added to the online map.

PorchFests are free, live music events held on front porches across a city. PorchFest music festivals bring local bands, singers, and instrumentalists together with neighbors to enjoy music of any genre. Music can range from country to pop, classical to reggae, and everything in between—blues, rock, jazz, Latino, R&B—anything goes! Performances are staggered throughout the afternoon so neighbors can walk from yard to yard enjoying each other and the great music.

Schedule of activities
Saturday, June 24, 2017

  • 1–5 PM  Wollaston Hill
  • 1–5 PM  Beachwood Knoll/Wollaston
  • 4–8 PM  Squantum
  • 4–8 PM  Merrymount

View the full schedule of bands and locations on the PorchFest website. The site includes an interactive map showing band locations, and band profiles.  Organizers plan to post a printable schedule on the site by the end of the day Friday, and the map will be updated to show locations of the Beer Garden and food trucks.

Share your fun by tagging photos/videos with #porchfestquincy.

Make a donation
PorchFest is an entirely volunteer effort – bands, porch hosts, and organizers volunteer to bring this great event to our neighborhoods. Visit the site to make a donation or purchase PorchFest T-shirts.

Questions?

Contact PorchFest organizers.

View photos from the 2016 festival.

  

 

 

Get your float on…sign up today for July Fourth parade!

It’s another glorious start to summer in Squantum and the pinnacle of our year is just around the corner. We spotted Jim and crew hanging flags along the parade route and that means one thing…you’re planning your red, white, and blue, and gathering the neighbors to come up with your award-winning float ideas! Give Paula and the July Fourth Parade Committee a call today and sign up your floats and marchers and send in your Grand Marshall nominations for the big day!

Mark your calendars…the marching of the parade is 
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 10 a.m. 

Saturday, July 1, 10 a.m.: Squantum Road Race

  • 9:30 a.m.: Registration
  • 10 a.m.: Road Race

Meet at the Squantum Community Center, 50 Huckins Ave, Squantum
Registration: $20/adult, Kids under 10 free
Trophies and t-shirts provided.
All proceeds benefit the parade. Sponsored by State Rep. Bruce Ayers

Tuesday, July Fourth:

  • 9 a.m.: Flag raising at the cannon by members of the Robert I. Nickerson Post
  • 10 a.m.: the Parade steps off
  • Awards and fun behind the Squantum School following the parade

Floats: register by June 22
Get the neighbors and kids together and start dreaming up your float ideas for a chance to win a cash prize! Kids and adult floats are welcome. The winning float will have a sign posted on their street for a week announcing the coveted victory. Good luck!

Register your float by June 22 by emailing Squantumparade@yahoo.com or
call Doreen Douglas at 617-360-1975. Provide a Squantum address with your registration.

Marchers: register by June 26
Marchers of all kinds are welcome to join the parade! Little groups, big groups, individuals, marchers in costumes, as well as Local Youth Sports are welcome to march. Decorate your baby carriages and wagons and join the festivities!
Register marchers by June 26 by emailing Squantumparade@yahoo.com.

Grand Marshall
The committee is accepting nominations for the Parade Grand Marshall.
Please nominate a Squantum resident who has shown great involvement with the community over the years.
Email nominations to Squantumparade@yahoo.com or call Paula Glynn 617-834-9996.

Support the parade…give a donation
Your donations are welcome by the July 4th Committee. Marchers and float registrations are free, so donations keep this fabulous tradition going. Suggested donation per family is $20, but any donation is very much appreciated.
Checks can be made payable to: Squantum July 4th Committee
Mail or drop off to:  Judi Smith, 289 Bellevue Road, Squantum, MA 02171

Join the Parade! Sign up…
Simply email SquantumParade@yahoo.com to sign up your float, group, band, and marchers, and to nominate the Grand Marshall.

Visit the July 4th Parade page to keep up to date.

Feeling nostalgic? Check out photos from the 2016 parade in the Scoop photo gallery.

  

Help create a vision for Quincy as we approach our 400th!

Mayor Koch is inviting the city to join him in thinking about plans for Quincy’s future as we approach the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Quincy in 2025. Where do you think we should be in 2025? Head over to the Kennedy Center tonight at 6pm to hear more and share your ideas!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Kennedy Center, 440 E Squantum St, Quincy, MA, 02171

Learn about Quincy 400 on their website.

Quincy 400 Community Meeting dates